Sharks

Sharks

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I’ve been going through somewhat of an emotional upheaval of late. It started just before my trip to India (was there for a month!), with some family stuff, and continued with a tumultuous time in India being constantly sexually assaulted. Both issues combined, as well as unfortunately being over in India with the most unpleasant human beings I’d ever met, have made for a rough couple of months as I grapple with my self esteem and fight to bring it back unshakeable, stronger than it was before. It’s been tough, but I’m sure plenty relate to the feeling of not always being loved the way we would have hoped by our families, hopefully less of us in the western world to what it is like to be thoroughly devalued as a human being as women are in India, but unfortunately far too many of us with sexual assault. I knew after a bit of percolating my art would come to the rescue and kindly help me purge the pain. Finally I am breaking through the thick scab of despair and have written the first song relating to these most recent emotional upheavals/realizations on this ridiculously painful yet exciting journey called life. It’s called ‘Sharks’.

And another for the hell of it

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Fave pics so far

Favorite pics from supermongrel so far (Ive only seen 6 or 7). Now if only I could find someone who knew how to redesign my header with the lying down one. Oh yeah. That’d be cool. But my Internet design skillz are nillz 🙁imageimage

Photoshoot

Scawed

Did a highly interesting photoshoot with the amazing Supemongrel Imagery team.

They had asked me to do it, and having seen they’re amazing work, and despite loathing shoots, I agreed. I’m glad I did. It was good fun, and because I wasn’t pushing for any particular end result (ie album cover, new website design), we just did whatseemed interesting and fun, and went with the creative flow as far as whatever our house and what we’d pulled out of my wardrobe dictated. The end result is (though I haven’t seen them all) that perhaps we did get some great stuff to use for artwork. Now, even when you’re trying sometimes that doesn’t happen! So… Yeah. Cool!

They’re website is http://www.supermongrel.net.

Above is something fun: a spooky one! Its not indicative of the whole shoot. If you’ve watched the video below, you may recognize the dress.

Happy birthday to meeee!

Haha. I had the first song of my life written for me for my birthday. It was an amazing surprise, as I once or twice may have bemoaned the fact to my amazingly talented man that I’ve written a thousand songs about/to him, and Ive never yet had one. Well, he blew me away with the one he came up with. The sentiment is so real and deep and touching, I was blubbering by the first chorus.

Best present of my life. By. Far.

Other goings’ on…

Duke Mcvinnie and I

Well folks,

It’s a bit of an understatement to say I’ve been remiss in updating my website over the last year or so, but, it’s gotten that it’s ridiculous. I’m meant to have a public career as an artist, not some private one that I have happening that no one ever knows about except those in my immediate circles, or that happen to be at the event at the right place/right time. Insane!

So, I’m going to try my darnedest to be a good girl, and really be on top of this, this time. It’s been difficult for me, because with the other millions of artists literally clamouring for your attention at every turn, and with every man and thier dog on face book, I just didn’t want to add to the clutter and noise. But I have things to share, and I certainly need somewhere to keep you updated with new music, so I must stop being silly and get with it! Of course if it proves too much effort, and only four people seem to visit with any regularity (sorry to those very keen four, but it will be bye bye. It’s a lot of effort and time, and I could be writing a song instead).

So, as an update. Just before heading down to Nashvile, I’d been doing something fortuitous that put me in good stead for the Emmy gig. I’d never done backing vocals before (actually once for an amazingly talented Belgian artist named Admiral Freebie – check out his music, what a fanastic songwriter! And of course in church all throughout my childhood and youth lol) – but really hardly at all professionally.

I connected in a beautiful way with a woman (does that sound gay? lmao) who lives near me called Jane Scarpantoni.

Jane Scarpantoni

Such a phenomenal cellist it’s hard to describe. Thoroughly and utterly unique – nothing of the usual classical sound, she has learned to use her instrument in ways that are completely bizarre yet profoundly beautiful. Having toured for years with Lou Reed, (among other musical luminaries) she now plays with an amazing songwriter who flies much more under the radar, called Duke Mcvinnie. After going to one of his local shows, I was floored by his beautiful songs. Jane managed to get his somewhat elusive self out to meet us. Before long he’d heard some of my music too and asked that I come sing with his band.

It was an odd thing for me to take on really, being in the middle of making my own new record, with lots of travel planned etc, but the music and Duke himself being so amazing (not to mention Jane and his band), I couldn’t turn it down. So we began rehearsing, I started doing BV’s, and taking the lead sometimes, trading verses with Duke. His songwriting just blows me away. I’ve learned so much about unique phrasing, and great use of interesting chords already. But the best thing was, it had me prepared for backing vocals for Emmylou, which I otherwise might not have been so confident about if I hadn’t have had a few rehearsals backing Duke in the weeks prior. Funny how things work!

Be sure to listen to his music here:http://www.dukemcvinnie.com/> and get your hands on a copy of one of his records. It’s really hard to choose, because this man is just a genius songwriter that should have been more famous than a lot of the rubbish out there, but I seem to be getting a lot of spins out of Euchre.

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Show in Nashville with the great Emmylou Harris and…

Brian Blade (THE worlds best drummer hands down), Daniel Lanois (dare I say the best guitarist, I do dare!), and the amazing Jim Wilson – not to mention of course Malcolm Burn on keys and harmonica. A great night of music was had, with me beaming to get to be on stage with such a great band. To make things even better we were joined by Steve Earl, who was great fun on stage, and off.

It was wonderful to sing with Emmy, and great to hear good reports that it all sounded good (the review in American Songwriter said ‘The vocals! Oh man, the vocals. Harris sounded like silk and steel, her airy voice alternating between ragged highs and refined lows, and the band backed her up with soft four-part harmonies, sounding like the world’s most sotto voce gospel choir.)

I had a slightly hairy moment onstage, where I was saved by the technologies I sometimes rail and fight against so much – anyone notice I suck at updating my facebook and website??? Lordy me, I am THE WORST!
I might have changed my tune now. Emmy started singing a song that I had worked out a beautiful harmony for – almost a duet part with her, only to find that the lyrics had mysteriously disappeared from my ipad, which I was using to keep those and notes for what I was going to do on each song (hidden on a stand of course). I had a moment of panic, before I decided to subtly reach down, and on stage in front of thousands of people do a discreet web search, which quickly turned up the lyrics for the song, just in time for when I was to come in vocals soaring. Thanks interwebs! I love you now. You saved me.

Reunited after a great show image Reunited after a great show
Before the show. Lurah with her ubiquitous camera image Before the show. Lurah with her ubiquitous camera
Dan takes the stage image Dan takes the stage
What a great performance image What a great performance
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Time to go? image Time to go?
The show image The show
This man could keep you entertained, or at least intellectually stimulated for hours and hours. image This man could keep you entertained, or at least intellectually stimulated for hours and hours.
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Dan looks his best with a gold Les Paul (and an Emmylou) image Dan looks his best with a gold Les Paul (and an Emmylou)
So uncheck with Steve Earl image So uncheck with Steve Earl
Dan Lanois and I check our notes image Dan Lanois and I check our notes
Cover my bruise! image Cover my bruise!
Going over things last minute with Emmylou in her dressing room Back room Going over things last minute with Emmylou in her dressing room
Dan Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and I work out out harmonies Nutting it out Dan Lanois, Emmylou Harris, and I work out out harmonies
Trying to soak it in Brain working overtime Trying to soak it in
Off we go.  One day to learn to songs... To rehearsal in the van Off we go. One day to learn to songs...
here I sneak into Emmylou bit of smoke and mirrors here I sneak into Emmylou's dressing room as she goes on for the first song, a duet 'Love Hurts' with Malcolm Burn, to request help covering a big bruise in the middle of my forehead with Emmylou's make-up artist/hairstylist. I acquired it after I was all woozy from the numerous vaccinations required for our upcoming month-long trip to Mysore, India. We decide to cover it with my hair 😉
See little Trigger asleep on stage?  She knows to just rest when her mommy is singing.  She can pass out right near the drum kit, with a full band playing.  She was born into it.  The perfect tour/studio dog.  A bit of an old dog now, I rehearsal stool See little Trigger asleep on stage? She knows to just rest when her mommy is singing. She can pass out right near the drum kit, with a full band playing. She was born into it. The perfect tour/studio dog. A bit of an old dog now, I'm already storing up every single memory, because my heart will be shattered into a million pieces when I can no longer share every precious moment with her.
in the rehearsal space. Emmylou is always a joy.  No matter any pressure, I have never ever seen her anything but thoroughly gracious and uplifting.  A person of beauty within and out, for all of us to aspire to. dan emmy i sing in the rehearsal space. Emmylou is always a joy. No matter any pressure, I have never ever seen her anything but thoroughly gracious and uplifting. A person of beauty within and out, for all of us to aspire to.
At EmmyLou Harris emmy and I home rehearsal standing sing At EmmyLou Harris' music room in her home in Nashville, learning the songs.

lots to learn, but too much fun doing it


Here’s a couple of reviews of the show.
http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/10/emmylou-harris-revives-wrecking-ball-at-marathon-music-works/
http://www.countryweekly.com/reviews/emmylou-knocks-em-down-live-wrecking-ball

Here’s a little accoustic ditty I recently wrote for a friend I met over the wide world of the interwebs.

Tic Tic Toc

Here’s some visuals M.Burn and I put together for a song I’ve recently written. I hope it shares the feeling of intimacy that I feel the song communicates. It’s what I would consider a venting song about certain societal pressures I feel as a woman/young person. I certainly don’t look down upon anyone that does choose to go along with the norm. I don’t think it hurts to examine the choices we make on a daily basis, though.

new song and video

We recently went up to Canada to visit our friends and stay in their remote rustic cottage on a lake.  Except for a rather harrowing experience when the dog found half of a ‘special’ cookie that rendered her completely legless and tripping for a good 24 hrs, much fun and relaxation was partaken of.  Mark Audet as usual had things set up nicely for impromptu jams, with me experiencing a throwback to the ol’ church days when I was resident omnichordist.  I wrote a song inspired by the wonderfully dinky island omnichord beat and memories of a long ago ill fated relationship.

We got home to a week of early spring’s rainy days  during which time I neither left the house/studio, nor got dressed or washed my hair.  It felt great, until I saw the video montage Malcolm put together of me recording the new song.  In the end I overcame my vanity of not wanting to be seen in my slatternly state because I thought the video he put together of bits and bobs from Japan and other places was beautifully done.  And I thought its always good to spread a bit of omnichord love, and share with others who have never had the pleasure of seeing/playing one.

Footage is recorded on the Leica DLX5 which was a Christmas present from me to Malcolm (aren’t I nice?), and a little Japanese made pin-hole number called a Haranezumi which produces all sorts of random and exciting effects.